May 4, 2010
Loving him couldn’t be worse than losing him. Could it?
Candace Andrews has had enough of pleasing others. In an act of birthday rebellion, she sets out to please herself—by walking into the tattoo parlor owned by her cousin’s ex-boyfriend. All she wants is a little ink, and Brian’s just the guy to give it to her.
As soon as she submits to his masterful hands, though, the forbidden attraction she’s always felt for him resurfaces…and she realizes the devilishly sexy artist could give her so much more.
Sweet, innocent Candace is the last person Brian expected to see again. She’s everything he’s not, and her family despises him. He doesn’t need the hassle, but he needs her, and this time no one is taking her away. Not even those who threaten to make his life a living hell.
Backed into a corner, Candace faces the worst kind of choice. Cave in to those who think Brian is a living nightmare…or hold her ground and risk it all for the one man who rocks her world.
Warning: This book contains explicit sex, naughty language, tattoos aplenty, family drama, a hot rock concert…and a bad boy hero who’s pierced in all the right places.
For those of you adults who enjoy the feel of a YA novel, with all it's relationship angst and drama, but wish there could be more "adult" scenes (and actual naming of body parts!) this is absolutely a great choice. I had heard that it was super-steamy and swoon-worthy (which it most definitely was), but was not expecting it to be so touching and heartfelt as well. I usually find the overbearing parent storyline to be really annoying, but this book tackled it in a way that it only hovered there for a moment before moving on. I only wanted to scream at the book in frustration once or twice :) I felt like Cherrie Lynn had her characters walk a fine line between sexy and trashy, but luckily sexy seemed to prevail. As the pseudo-"warning" in the synopsis says, there is certainly enough sex and dirty language to go around, and the interesting and descriptive body piercings were a new subject for me.
This is book 2 of a series, but I had not read book 1 and didn't really feel I was missing anything. I'm definitely going to go pick it up though. I'd love to read Evan and Kelsey's story!
Overall, a great, sexy contemporary romance.
Rock Me: 4/5
Audience rating: R (18+ only, numerous very descriptive sex scenes)